Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist group, has been more deadly than Islamic State. And every time Nigeria’s army seems to have made substantial progress toward wiping it out, the group has quietly rebuilt.
The United States has no combat troops in Africa, but has been increasing support to allies in the region battling Boko Haram.
Boko Haram waged fresh attacks in northeastern Nigeria, killing nearly 170 people this week in violence Nigeria’s president called “inhuman and barbaric.”
At 8 AM on Monday, as students in Nigeria gathered for a school assembly, a suicide bomb attack targeted dozens of schoolboys.
The Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram is suspected of being involved in the gun battle and explosion at Nigeria College earlier today.
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Islamist militants believed to be associated with the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped the wife of a Cameroonian vice prime minister Sunday, in a worrying sign that the violence in northeastern Nigeria is spreading beyond its borders. Militants mounted an attack on the village of Kolofata […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday met with a group of schoolgirls who escaped from the terrorist group Boko Haram and the parents of the abducted girls, about 100 days after nearly 300 girls were seized. But there were troubling signs that Nigeria’s battle against the insurgency […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Nigerian militants attacked a village in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, killing many civilians, according to local officials and residents cited in Nigerian media. The gunmen attacked Damboa, about 50 miles south of Maiduguri, throwing explosives into houses, burning buildings, torching the market, and shooting civilians randomly, according […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Malala Yousafzai, the teenage campaigner for girls education in Pakistan, told journalists on Monday that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan assured her he would free 219 abducted schoolgirls being held by Islamist militants. Malala, who survived a 2012 attack by Pakistani militants opposed to the education of girls, marked […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Nigeria’s nightmare scenario has been this: Islamist militias waging terror in the country’s northeast launch attacks in distant Lagos, a chaotic megacity of about 20 million in the southeast and the country’s economic engine. Two weeks ago, Islamic extremists from Boko Haram, or an offshoot group, did […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — A morning bomb blast near a market in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri caused havoc Tuesday, with fears that dozens of people may have been killed, according to defense officials. It was the latest in a series of terror attacks in the country’s troubled north. Nigeria’s Defense […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Violence hit the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Wednesday when a bomb blast at a shopping mall rocked the upscale Wuse 2 neighborhood, sending a pall of black smoke into the sky and killing 21 people. Police confirmed that 21 died and 17 others were injured in […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — At least 91 people — more than 60 women and girls, and 31 school boys — were abducted last week by suspected Boko Haram militants, two months after the terror group kidnapped more than 300 schoolgirls in northeastern Nigeria, according to witnesses. Local media reported about 60 people […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — At least eight people were killed Monday by a bomb blast at the School of Hygiene in the northern Nigeria city of Kano, with suspicion falling on the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Nigerian media reported a suicide bomber approached a line of students at the school […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times KANO, Nigeria — When soldiers of Nigeria’s corrupt and incompetent army patrol remote and vulnerable towns in the northeast, boys often watch as they pass, then hurl rocks at them. Yet early last month, residents of Gamboru Ngala, on the border with Cameroon, cheered the uniformed men on military vehicles […]
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) – Boko Haram militants were on Wednesday suspected of carrying out a deadly bomb attack against football fans watching the World Cup in northern Nigeria, in the latest violence targeting the game. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast in the Nayi-Nama area of Damaturu on Tuesday night but […]
How about some good news for a change? Last month, I wrote about the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by a band of putative men who style themselves “Boko Haram” — “Western Education is Forbidden.” Taken in concert with the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan and the 2008 acid attack on Shamsia […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Gunmen abducted 20 women from a remote settlement in northeastern Nigeria as 272 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram continued to languish in captivity, according to news reports Monday. The latest abductions follow dozens of kidnappings, attacks on villages and slayings of schoolboys and teachers […]
Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) – Hundreds of people may have been killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack on four villages in northeast Nigeria, a local lawmaker and residents said on Thursday. Gunmen in military uniform struck the Gwoza district of Borno state late on Tuesday, razing homes, churches and mosques and killing residents who tried […]